February 10th, 2019


Immodium's Revenge

2:45 am I am sleeping, Spook is splayed across the quarter of my bed just out of reach, and my tummy starts to hurt like there is a methane generator in there about to burst. Stumbled to the loo, and after maybe 20 minutes of pain, there is massive relief, lasting about 5 minutes. Back to bed, but in another half hour it's time to do it again. That's what I get for taking 3 immodium instead of just my usual one in the morning, I guess.

Back to sleep, when the alarm sounded at 7:30 I just laid there for an hour. No cat. Webcam showed her under the Casio keyboard in the guest room. Google went through its morning routine, announcing I had something on my calendar for 10 am. Looked at my calendar and saw there was an auction nearby I wanted to go to. They have them every 2 weeks. I used to go often, but it has been years. Thank You Facebook ads.

Got there at 9:45, auction started at 10, there were more than 700 lots. Most lots had more than one item, some were entire china sets. I sat through the whole auction, ended at about 2:30. I bought the last item, which turned out to not look at all like the photo. And there were three items, not two. Earlier I bought some "textiles" including a Thai 3D wall hanging and a pair of Native American style place mats. The final item was a patio table set, they were happy to dispose of the large 3rd table which I didn't want and had no way to get home.

Home, forgot I wanted to go to Target - I was halfway there. Moved the tables into the house, one in the livingroom and one in the guest room, both by windows. The tables were missing their glass tops so I put a couple of shelves on each. The plan is to pit my orchids on them. One orchid has sprouted two out of three flowers, very pretty deep purple. And Spook is jazzed to have two more things to hide under.

Starving, had a snack, then on to the new Target in the other direction. No, their pharmacy doesn't take sharps drop-offs. But I did exchange an empty soda stream bottle. Bought some food items and a small bag of IAMS cat food.

On to GO, plugged in the car, went shopping for fondue makings. Mostly cheese - I had everything else. It's been ages since I used the fondue pot. The charger ran for an hour - 97%.

Home, Spook begged for treats. I put some IAMS in her bowl, she took one look at it and begged for treats again. Sigh. This morning I had changed the programming on her food dispenser to 1 cup of Purina One a day. The bowl was almost empty, I think she actually ate it.

The fondue was a minor production, it called for more white wine than I remembered. I have a mostly full fifth of kirschwasser, but the recipe only called for a little bit of that. There was a good bottle of white wine in the liquor cabinet, but stored upright so the cork broke off. Fondue skewer to the rescue. Mochi for dessert.

Watched White Water Gold,  during which they ran out of fuel and hand built a pipeline to get gas down to the dig site from way uphill. They still have not hit the vein of gold they dream about finding. But they are very close to where they think it is.

Also watch Dating Unfiltered,  three episodes, six dates, no hook-ups.

Email answer from cardiologist that it indeed is time for me to see her again and to get checked by the pacemaker crew. She will work on that.

Plans for tomorrow:
Breakfast - banana because I had cramps in my legs this morning, need K.
Janice says she'll come here by 1:30 and we'll go to the show at The Pear together. She'll be at a friend's a mile or so away in the morning.
Spending the End of the Universe on OK Cupid at The Pear theater, followed by a talkback session.

Why I'd rather go it alone

Up on time, no cat in sight.

No job prospects online. Incremental backup was done before I was awake. UPS said the new cat food wouldn't arrive till tomorrow.

No storm chasers, but three streamers in Thailand enjoying the Farang (tourist) night life. Also a Thai female DJ with her super-cute also a DJ friend out at the night market getting drunk. Both DJs have impressive implants and know how to use them.

Not a lot on FB either except for once in a lifetime snow pix from the Puget Sound region.

Email from my cardiologist asking me to do two BP readings a day. I keep forgetting to do that. And she nudged the pacemaker group into asking me to upload my data, which I did. Pisses me off, they are supposed to be able to do that from their end. They are supposed to do it while I'm asleep.

Played the piano for a bit, Spook didn't know what to make of it.

Since she didn't want to go near the food dispenser, I took out her old food tower and put treats in it as she watched, but she wasn't interested.

Watched some random TV. Tuned into metal detector stream until it was time to go wait for Janice. She was 10 minutes late, we barely got to the theater on time, which meant lousy seats. She still has a cold, and should have canceled - for the first 10 minutes of the show she was coughing and struggling not to, and finally climbed over people to get out.

Met up with her at intermission, apparently the house manager got her a bottle of water and sat her in the front row in what is usually the house manager's seat, so she got to see the show. She watched the rest of it from there, then joined me in the front row for the talkback session.

Spending The End Of The World On OK Cupid was great. Fast moving, brilliantly directed,  lots of diverse characters, lots of humor and pathos. The plot is simple: half the world's population has vanished without a trace, and the self-proclaimed prophet who predicted it to the date and time is announcing that the end of the entire world will come at midnight. People who don't want to spend the world's final moments alone log into OK Cupid. Some are first time users, others are regulars.

There are two things missing from the script. There is no talk of looting, and none of the characters runs screaming from anyone who has messaged them online.

It was superbly directed, the complex lighting plot was executed seamlessly. Lots of talented actors, some playing several characters. Costumes were mostly street clothes but kept simple because most of the changes were quick and some were done while on stage. Very few props, and the only set changes were rudimentary signs which slipped into slots. The art work on those could have been better. The set was a solidly built many level arrangement which looked like a cross between a wooden stair and monkey bars.

The talk back session was minus the playwright and the main female character, so not as good as it could be, and an annoying hardly audible French woman hogged a lot of it at first.

Since she was so late, Janice drove us to the theater (no time to change cars) and after she took us to my local Pete's for coffee and a chat.

Home, burned a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches made from leftover fondue & sourdough bread. Mochi for dessert. 

UPS lied - there was a box with one of the two cat food bags on the front steps. I poured some into a little cat food bowl, Spook dove in, then pulled some out to eat from the floor, and then walked away. I'll leave that in place and see what happens overnight.

Watched a short Oak Island teaser and an episode of the Hendersons vet show. Also caught the second part of the AAF league teaser. There was a game today which Tivo is holding for me. The good news is Ronnie Lott is a coach, the horrible news is smarmy cheater Neuheisel is too.

There's also a Graham Norton to be watched.

Plans for tomorrow:
Job hunt
BP measuring